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Apologetics Course… How Do We Get To Know The Truth?

May 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that our minds can apprehend the truth by our own personal experience. Now let us see the three other ways: By simply reasoning. In our days of constant Internet communication, texting, and less personal contact among people, sometimes reasoning is an ability in short supply. But it can be done, of course, and by reasoning we can know the truth. Example: You find a watch in the sand. Immediately you know that someone dropped it there. You know that it did not come out of the sand all ready-made and ticking, let alone that it made itself. No argument from anyone will ever convince you that nobody…Continue Reading

The Church — People of God

May 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Church, as we saw last week, can rightly be called “the universal sacrament of salvation” because “she is the sign and instrument both of the reconciliation and communion of all of humanity with God and of the unity of the entire human race” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 152). She is the visible channel of grace to the human race. Her vital importance in God’s salvific plan is made manifestly clear in the words of St. Pope John Paul II: “There is no salvation outside the Church. From her alone there flows surely and fully the life-giving force destined, in Christ and His Spirit, to renew the whole of humanity, and therefore…Continue Reading

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May 15, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus strongly opposes the taking of oaths, but what about a person in a courtroom who swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? — K.E.R., Connecticut. A. First of all, here are the words of Jesus: “But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil…Continue Reading

Nothing Is Impossible For God

May 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR B) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 15:26-27, 16:12-‘15 In the sequence of today’s Mass we hear the beautiful hymn praying for the Holy Spirit to come and to shed a ray of light divine. We hear about the extraordinary manner of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the first reading where people from all around Jerusalem hear the sound of the strong driving wind. As the people gathered, they were astounded to hear the apostles preaching in such a way that each listener heard the preaching in his own native tongue. What we need today is not a spectacular event like the one that took place in…Continue Reading

Pope On Junipero Serra . . . “He Ushered In A New Springtime Of Evangelization”

May 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Following is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ May 2 homily during Mass at the Pontifical North American College. The occasion was the Day of Reflection on “Blessed Junipero Serra: Apostle of California, Witness of Sanctity.” Francis said in part: “He ushered in a new springtime of evangelization in those immense territories, extending from Florida to California, which, in the previous 200 years, had been reached by missionaries from Spain. This was long before the Pilgrims of the Mayflower reached the North Atlantic coast.” Prior to embarking on his first apostolic visit to the U.S. in September, Pope Francis said that the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra, like those of other American saints, speaks to the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Bede The Venerable

May 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN In northern England — what is now known as the county of Tyne and Wear — on the Wear River sits St. Peter’s at Monkwearmouth. About seven miles away are the ruins of St. Paul’s Parish, which contain the oldest stained-glass window in the world. Both churches played an important role in the development of Christianity in England, leading them to be selected as a World Heritage Site and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In the mid-seventh century, Benedict Biscop received some land from Egfrid, king of Northumbria, to build a monastery and church. The monastery, completed in 674, became the major Anglo-Saxon center of learning in northern England. In 678, the Pope — probably Pope Agatho, who…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Mary Assists Us As We Carry The Cross Of Her Son

May 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Of fair-weather friends we always have plenty: those who are with us when the road is wide and the going profitable or pleasant. Friends are hard to find when the times are bad. When the going gets rough, the weather inclement, and the climb demanding or dangerous, it is then that we can find ourselves feeling very much “alone.” This is what the world would have us believe. As for our Lord, so for us, when the shattering of the cross implodes our lives, we can discover more convincingly the freeing truth in the midst of our pain: God our Father is our truest friend and most faithful ally. Mary never believed herself alone as…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Fidelity To The Truth

May 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Some of the faithful Wanderer readers have asked me to present articles more specifically destined to train new apologists in the mission to defend the faith. A kind of training course, as it were. I am happy to see that these articles in The Wanderer have encouraged some or many to take up the banner of apologetics and join us in the fray. Therefore, to meet their request, this week I start a new series on the Raiders of the Lost Art — the art of putting logic at the service of the faith. So we begin by defining the word: Apologetics is the art of presenting the truths of the faith in a logical…Continue Reading

The Universal Sacrament Of Salvation

May 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The one true Church, as we saw last week, is a mystery of our faith, a mystery that was revealed first of all to the apostles when our Savior said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables” (Mark 4:11). In the mystery of the Church is realized the divine design for humanity’s salvation, a plan revealed by the word and life of our Lord Jesus Christ. She is a mystery inasmuch as “in her visible reality there is present and active a divine spiritual reality which can only be seen with the eyes of faith” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Writing in a recent parish bulletin, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City said that “we need a historical sense to appreciate the contrast between civilization before and after Christ changed the world. He contrasts the world redeemed and unredeemed in his imagery of the Good Shepherd who ‘lays down his life for his sheep’ versus the wolf that ‘attacks and scatters the sheep.’ The contrast is vivid again today, in the saints who follow the Good Shepherd and the evil people who terrorize humanity as wolves. “Often, the wolves do not look like wolves at all. It is easy to spot a terrorist, but most moral degenerates can disguise themselves well.…Continue Reading